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‘Modern Nature’ is the brand new album from Manchester indie mainstays The Charlatans. It is the first release since 2010’s ‘Who We Touch’ and the first without the late Jon Brookes. Released in honour of their good friend and drummer, ‘Modern Nature’ features eleven new tracks and an abundance of contributions from Pete Salisbury (The Verve) and Stephen Morris of New Order to Factory Floor’s Gabriel Gurnsey and Kate Bush's backing singers. Sounds pretty special..


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Modern Nature by The Charlatans
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 21 January 2015

When is revisionist indie rock history going to forgive Stereophonics, make Feeder cool, get Grumbling Fur to remix Travis? Of all the post-Britpop bands to choose, it seems we’ve rested our weary heads on the Charlatans, a Mancunian bunch of dudes who still appear on the front covers of their records -- bless ‘em. You may be wondering why the Charlatans are now cool and full of potential in the cultural capital department -- aren’t we done with the age of the sad Btit boy? -- and the answer is basically “Talking In Tones”, a genuinely irresistible slice of electro-pop that sounds bigger than the band, as if they just stumbled in on it and let the cosmos do its thing.

I guess the answer is simple: the Charlatans can write excellent songs. Not all the songs -- I don’t want to hear the unbelievable miscalculation in whispered schmaltz that is “Come Home Baby” ever again -- but you know, some of them. “Talking In Tones” was one of last year’s most mesmerising pop songs, with minimal lyrical input that made it feel slight and epic at the same time. Of course, the band are in a total Britpop frame of mind, even in 2015, and opt to open the record with their strongest cut. “So Oh” keeps the momentum up well, opening with frantic acoustic strums (that frankly recall Al Stewart when he used to write songs about drinking wine) before becoming a stomping pop song about a very vague existential crisis (“sitting here, wondering where I’ve been”, or you know, like, whatever).

We might like to think the Charlatans are cool now, but they just think life is cool. The organ keyboard on “Let The Good Times Be Never Ending” combines with electric guitar that sounds like imitation electric guitar, and the band don’t seem to care how it sounds: as long as it grooves pleasantly. It’s just a happy accident that half of the song sounds like Gentle Giant. After five years without an album, it’s inevitable this is going to be a bit of a mess, and not because they don’t know what they want to do, but because they want to do all of it. That “Good Times” is on the same record as “Talking In Tones” is a phenomenally stupid and very awesome thing.

The electro-pop bits are unexpected, but they’re also a welcome bit of comic relief: the beats in “Trouble Understanding” save the song from its grandstanding vibe, bringing it down to earth and into a very self-aware sphere of silliness. I am glad; the piano is full of grandeur, but Modern Nature is nothing but a good time for a band happy that someone gave them a piece of paper, had them sign it and told them to hold on to their copy. Rock music, my friends: it is a very stupid thing. No one is cool. Especially not British people. Good record though.


10/10 Karen Customer review, 20th March 2015

Ok, so I may be a little biased...The Charlatans were my absolute and most favourite band to emerge from the 90's 'indie/rock scene' I was a arty college kid who lived for music and gigs and I thought Tim Burgess was the best thing to ever wear a cardigan! I fell in love all over again when 'Wonderland' was released...and I've been waiting for this album ever since... I think it works, they've stayed the same enough for me to instantly know it was them but changed enough to make this album current and gorgeous enough to have me longing for beautiful summer day's. I can't wait to listen to this with the sun on my face and a beer in my hand, until then I'll settle for the beer...


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